HDFS General option

If you major in the HDFS General Option, you’ll explore development across the lifespan within the contexts of families, schools, work and society. This unique program provides current knowledge, practical skills and opportunities for hands-on learning to help you excel in fields dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families.

This option is ideal if you’re interested in education, social work, allied health sciences or other helping professions. It combines well with a minor or a second major in liberal studies, allied health professions, psychology, public health, sociology, Spanish, women’s studies, and gender and sexuality studies.


This major option is also available 100% online through OSU Ecampus, ranked No. 5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Online program details

Current Students

General catalog

Use the general catalog to view courses offered in the program.


Option sheet

Use an option sheet to track your progress in completing course requirements.


Sample Degree Map

Degree maps are guides to give students an idea of which classes they may take and when. These samples are intended for information purposes only. Students should consult with their academic advisor to create a personalized degree plan.


Academic advising

Schedule an academic advising appointment.


Additional resources